QUESTION 401 TOPIC : Burial I have been asked a question by someone and didn’t know what the answer was so would be grateful if you can tell me. The question is: If you know of a person
within your area who is a non Muslim, and he passes away. He has no family and no real friends other than a few Muslim friends (including
us). As we are based outside UK, the government doesn’t, participate in the burial
and it is down to family to organize the burial. If the responsibility is set on your shoulders as you are closest to next of kin as can be, then how should you bury the body? Bearing in mind that you are a Muslim and the deceased is a non believer. ANSWER 401 It is ok to bury someone that is a non believer as we all have a duty for Allah (SWT)’s creations. With regards to how to bury the body, if you know how to bury according to his belief then do it that way, if however, you don’t know then you can bury him like we Muslims do.
QUESTION 402 TOPIC : Namaz I have seen in our mosque specially at Ramadan time whist Tharawi Namaz that people sit on the chairs on the far corner of the mosque , even though there is plenty (sometimes 2 rows empty)of spaces in front, for them all to move forward but still don’t. Late comes often have to walk past them to make some sort of row in front of them. Please could you tell me if this invalidates the Namaz of the people on the chairs, and if the late comers are sinful for walking in front of them whilst the Namaz is in progress? ANSWER 402
If the people on the chairs are able to move the chairs inline with the row then they must do that. The people that come late will not be sinful for walking in front of then if it is unavoidable. Allah (SWT) knows best.
QUESTION 403 TOPIC : Baaith Is it correct if an individual has not taken baaith with a sheikh then his sheikh is
It is often said that if you don’t do baaith to a pious sheikh then your sheikh is iblees. This doesn’t in no way mean in its literal term, but is said to insinuate that as you don’t have a pious sheikh (to guide you on the right path), Iblees will lead you astray.
QUESTION 404 TOPIC : Eid-ul-Adha Can you please tell me if Eid-ul-Adha is always a day after hajj. If so, why have Muslims around the world celebrated this two days later? I have tried to research the answer to the questions but I have not found any justifiable reason. Please shine some light on this area. Thanks. ANSWER 404 Eid-ul-Adha is on the 10th Zil hajj. Each country will see the moon on different times therefore one should look at the moon in country where you live and therefore celebrate Eid accordingly.
Please also go to www.moonsighting.com . Click on the Faqs Moon tab, for more clarification as to why people celebrate Eid on separate days. This site covers this topic intensely.
QUESTION 405 TOPIC : Photos on Masalay I have been told that you should not use masala’s that have pictures of the Holy Kaaba or Masjid Nabvi Shareef etc on them, as this is disrespectful. Could you please tell me if this thinking should be adopted? ANSWER 405
Please be informed that it would be disrespect should you be using such masala’s and your feet come on top of the photo of on of the holy places. But this will not invalidate the prayer, please refrain from such practices that show disrespect toward the holy places.
QUESTION 406 TOPIC : Sajda I believe there are 14 places in the Quran Pak where Sajda is to be done but only
13 are performed. What is the reason behind this? ANSWER 406 There are 15 makaam (points) of sajda-e-tilaawat (prostration of recitation) in total. There is difference of opinion between Imam Shaafi and Imam Hanafi. According to Hanafi Fiqh we perform 14 sajda-e-tilaawat. Please also refer to question 375.
QUESTION 407 TOPIC : Hymns Can Children read Hymns at school? ANSWER 407 The praising of any Prophet (AS) is fine, but any hymns that contain lyrics which conflict the Islamic beliefs are Haraam. Therefore it is our opinion to refrain from participation is such acts whether at an assembly or the morning class calling. This is especially as children will not be able to distinguish what they can say or what they can’t. Please inform the school of your Islamic beliefs so that children can be excused, remember it is our duty to inform others of our belief as Islam does not encourage segregation or life away from society, but rather educate people of what we believe.
QUESTION 408 TOPIC : Music in school Are school children allowed to attend assemblies, where singing is happening, or where the rhyme (Religious or Non Religious) are sung? Further more are children allowed to attend and study the subject of music for learning purposes or as part of their secular education? ANSWER 408
It should be avoided to study music as part of your education. This normally in school is an option and if the school is informed of your religious believes they will allow you to be excused. Please also refer to question 407.
QUESTION 409 TOPIC : Alcohol I was wondering as some aftershaves have alcohol in them are we allowed to wear them? ANSWER 409 There is difference of opinion between scholars; some prohibit the use while some allow it so long as the alcohol is not of a particular percentage and not the main ingredient in creating the aftershave. It may still be better to avoid out of personal taqwa basis. (Reference from Anwar ul Hadith, and Bahrey Shariat)
QUESTION 410 TOPIC : Christmas Parties In question 64 the imam sahib said it is ok to go to Christmas parties. I thought these are pagan rituals, so why are we allowed to celebrate Christmas, but not devaali, or bomb fire night? Please could you give me evidence on this. I would be very grateful for a prompt response. I do not want to cause tension , instead I want to learn the right Deen, sorry for any trouble. ANSWER 410 We suggest you look at the answer to question 64 again. The questioner asked if they can participate in an invite to dinner by their work. This does not in anyway ask or answer whether we can celebrate Christmas.
However Muslims do not celebrate any rituals of other beliefs and at no point we said it’s permissible for Muslims to celebrate Christmas. Attending an event by its title is not acceptance of its authenticity. Therefore attending is permissible not obligatory so you can do either, if your opinion is that by attending it will be acceptance of the ritual or harmful to Islam then I suggest you do not attend.
Do remember that it is also Sunnah of our beloved Prophet SAW to accept invitation to dinner. However we must avoid Haraam in completing such Sunnah and this is essential as some converts/ reverts to Islam may have parents from other faith and it could isolate them from family hence attending a ritual of other faith is not sinful. RasoolAllah (SAW) advised Sahaba’s (RA) to “be obedient to parents even if they haven’t embraced Islam, but do not take part in their worships”.
Inshallah if you require further information please feel free to ask as you should not feel any discomfort in asking about Islam to broaden your knowledge. It states in a Hadith of Our Prophet (S.A.W) “Obtain knowledge from Cradle to Grave” QUESTION 411 TOPIC : Insurance I've got a question that I need the Imam to answer. I have asked other imams but I want to verify the answer given by them. Can we take out contents insurance for our house? and secondly, can we have a life insurance that runs alongside the mortgage. (Ps: If this life insurance is taken out with the intention that if the mortgage holder dies the mortgage is paid and the deceased person doesn’t die with any debt.)
ANSWER 411 Optional insurance (bema) is not allowed in Islam (i.e. Content insurance etc)
To take out life Insurance (where without it the lender refuses the mortgage) is allowed (due to the necessity), but for the purpose of paying of debt off after death, is not allowed.
QUESTION 412 TOPIC : Abortion If you find out that you are pregnant, can you have an abortion? I have been told that the soul is put in the fetus in the womb at the fourth month. So technically before this time it should be allowed as the child has no soul. ANSWER 412 There is a difference of opinion between scholars on the status of the conditions in which pregnancy can be aborted. Some hold the opinion that it is allowed to abort prior to the 4th month; i.e. prior to the ruh (soul) being put into the body.
However within Islamic Shariah it is a disliked act to abort at any time, as it is considered a mercy of Allah (SWT) to have children.
It is particularly considered as killing, a Gunnah kabira (major sin) i.e. that of killing a person; if one aborts the pregnancy after 4th month or when a fetus takes shape (i.e. the extremities of a child are visible).
However the exception is if the life of the mother is in danger then the pregnancy can be aborted at any time. And Allah (SWT) Knows best.
(Sharah Sahih Muslim, Urdu Edition, Vol 3, Page 893).
QUESTION 413 TOPIC : Dirham Can you tell me how much is 500 dirham? ANSWER 413 If you have read this from an Islamic book regarding a purchase of something using Dirhams then please be informed that Dirhams was a currency being used at the time of the Holy Prophet (SAW). We are unable to equate it to today currency as such.
If however you are looking for a conversion rate then we suggest you go to http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html , and please note this section (Ask the Imam) is for Islamic questions only.
QUESTION 414 TOPIC : Shia Rituals I have been told by not one but many friends that during the month of Muharam Shia's go into a dark room where there are males and females and they have sexual intercourse. Is this true? A friend of mine who is a Shia but does not perform according to his religion however, if this is true I would like to warn him of the wrong doing as it is clear that sex before marriage is Haraam in most religions. ANSWER 414
We can not confirm if the above event is a Shia tradition; please ask the group in question. Janathi Message’s aim is to educate minds in order to better ourselves and live our lives in accordance with Quran and Sunnah.
QUESTION 415 TOPIC : Toilet Should you cover your head when entering the toilet, if so why? ANSWER 415 This is Sunnah Ghair Muakidah. Our beloved Prophet (SAW) sometimes carried out this act. However it is not a Fard or Wajib, therefore one should not criticise others if they do
not follow it, but advise them that this is a likable action.
QUESTION 416 TOPIC : Namaz Is it a sin to raise your head before the imam whilst in Namaz? ANSWER 416 Yes this is a sin. It is mentioned in a Hadith that this is the act of a donkey.
QUESTION 417 TOPIC : Shaheed Do you need to do Esaale Sawaab for the Shaheed, as they are Janathi? ANSWER 417 Even though Allah (SWT) has promised them Jannah, one performs Esaale Sawaab (Righteous Deeds) for the Shaheed (Martyr) to increase their status further. This is a righteous and recommended act.
QUESTION 418 TOPIC : Passing of Urine I sometimes feel that droplets of urine have passed, but on inspection of my underwear no traces of wetness are found. On this assumption do I have to redo my wuzu and more importantly do I have to change my underwear if I read Namaz? ANSWER 418
If there is no discharge then no action is required. However if urine has discharged and its wetness can be felt/ seen or mark of it is visible on the clothing, then redo wuzu (including istinja) and change the affected clothing (underwear). If this however is a permanent problem then one has to perform wuzu prior to each prayer and then complete the prayer even if droplets of urine are discharged after the wuzu and during prayer, then perform fresh wuzu for next prayer.
QUESTION 419 TOPIC : Music
In school there is a music lesson and we sing and play instruments. Are we getting Gunnah or the teachers? Even though we say we can’t do it but they say
we have to. ANSWER 419 If you are forced to do this then the gunnah is only for that teacher who have forced you. Please inform your parent’s to talk to the school and inform them that you do not wish to attend the music class.
QUESTION 420 TOPIC : Hair Why do we have to cut the hair on our armpits? ANSWER 420 It is for cleanliness, to ensure that this area is smell free and clean above all it is
narrated in a Hadith shareef that taraah (cleanliness - personal hygiene) completes half of ones Deen (religion).
QUESTION 421 TOPIC : Hair Why can’t we have our hair cut, short back and sides? ANSWER 421 This is against Islamic tradition, as our beloved Prophet (SAW)’s Sunnah is to keep hair of equal length.
QUESTION 422 TOPIC : Muslim Do all Muslims read Quran and Namaz? ANSWER 422 It is Fard (obligatory) for all Muslims to read both Namaz (prayer) and Quran.
QUESTION 423 TOPIC : Bible Are Muslims allowed to read the bible?
ANSWER 423 Muslims can read bible for learning, but it is not to be read as form of worship as the Holy Quran is read.
QUESTION 424 TOPIC : Application Forms
Why do we need to have application forms, for there is no point for it, its just stupid? It’s a mosque not a job centre. ANSWER 424 Every institution has a system of holding information of its attendee’s, even when one goes to a hotel and pay’s to stay, your personal details are recorded, incase of an emergency.
In our Masjid no application forms are needed to be completed if anyone is visiting or
enters to pray. This is house of Allah (SWT) with free and open entrance. However if you attend any of the classes held then its a legal requirement for the organisers to get both consent (personal if over 16 years of age or parents if younger) and hold personal information in case of emergencies and to prove that no laws are broken.
The information is also held to review the progress of the class attendee, as it’s an organised teaching class and not a social gathering. This is not carried out as assessment but simply a method of keeping and recording information. This is common sense and most logical of procedures, implied in all institutions.
QUESTION 425 TOPIC : Piercing Are we allowed to pierce? ANSWER 425 If it is a customary piercing; i.e. as women piercing the earlobes and nose to wear jewelry then that for women is permissible. However this is not permissible for men, as both resemblance of women and wearing jewelry is prohibited for men by Islamic teachings.
QUESTION 426 TOPIC : Ghusl Could you please explain the Sunnah (Hanafi) method of performing Ghusl? ANSWER 426
The proper method of ghusl (ritual bath) involves the following steps:
1. Make the niyyah (intention) to perform ghusl for purification.
2. Wash your private parts thoroughly with water.
3. Perform wuzu (ablution) except for washing of your feet, which you can do later while bathing the body.
4. Wash the entire body, starting with right side, followed by the left.
5. It is preferred that the whole body be washed three times. The minimum is once.
Further information regarding Ghusl can be obtained from our website on :
http://www.janathimessage.co.uk/kids/learning/Ghusl.html QUESTION 427 TOPIC : Namaz What are the requirements of leading the Salaah? ANSWER 427 The main requirements of Imamat in Salaah (leading congregational prayer) are;
1) Firstly the Imam must be Muslim and Male;
2) He should have a Shari beard (Fist long from chin). This is according to Fiqha
Hanafi, unless the beard does not naturally grow that long. Other Imams of Fiqh may have a different view with regards to the length of the beard.
3) Then the most worthy is he who has a thorough knowledge of the masail (issues) of Salaah (prayer) as long as he does not have any outward characteristics of fisq
(immorality), he knows the specified number of verses for recitation, and recites the Quran correctly.
4) After him, the person who recites the Quran according to the correct rules.
5) Thereafter, the person who is the most pious.
6) Thereafter, the person who is the most senior in age.
These are the main points should you require any further explanation please feel free to ask.
QUESTION 428 TOPIC : Muslims Do all Muslims believe that there is only one Allah? ANSWER 428 This is the first part of Imaan (belief) to say that there is one Allah Azawajal. If one does not believe that there is only one Allah Azawajal then he or she cannot be called a Muslim.
QUESTION 429 TOPIC : Wuzu I have read that if you don’t have wuzu and doing wuzu will result in you missing someone’s janaza prayer then thyammum is allowed. Could you please verify this for me thank you. ANSWER 429
You can do tayammum if there is not time to do wuzu, and by performing wuzu it would prevent you from reading the janaza prayer.
QUESTION 430 TOPIC : Masala Would it be disrespectful to place the masala which have photos of holy places like the Kaaba on the floor in the first place, as this is what I have been told, and question 405 doesn’t answer this. Sorry for asking this question again. ANSWER 430 You can read Namaz on a masala that has pictures of holy places as long as you don’t disrespect them i.e. place your feet on them. For you own peace of mind, it is recommended that you use a masala that doesn’t have pictures of holy places.
QUESTION 431 TOPIC : Kalima I would like to ask the Imam Saab that when the other Rasools (AS) were sent to earth for example Hazrat Dawood (AS), Hazrat Musa (AS) & Hazrat Isa (AS) and they were spreading the word of Allah (SWT) did they tell the followers to read the Kalima behind them e.g. "la ilaha illallaho musa rasoolul' lahi" or was it with our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) name that they used "la ilaha illallaho Muhammad rasoolul' lahi" ANSWER 431 All the other Rasool’s (AS) did have a different Kalima to ours, e.g. Hazrat Musa (AS)’s
Kalima was “la ilaha illallah musa kaleemullah” Hazrat Isa (AS)’s Kalima was la ilaha illallah isa roohullah”.
QUESTION 432 TOPIC : Madi In relation to question 390, if you had Madi and it was time for Salaah. Would it be suffice to wipe/clean the unclean areas on the clothes? Or would this not be an option? ANSWER 432 It is suffice to wash (not wipe or clean) the area that had Madi on it as long as you are
sure that this particular area was unclean. Your Namaz will be valid Inshallah.
Allah (SWT) knows best.
QUESTION 433 TOPIC : Application Forms Why do we need to have application forms, for there is no point for it, its just stupid? It’s a mosque not a job centre. ANSWER 433 Every institution has a system of holding information of its attendee’s, even when one goes to a hotel and pay’s to stay, your personal details are recorded, incase of an emergency.
In our Masjid no application forms are needed to be completed if anyone is visiting or enters to pray. This is house of Allah Azawajal with free and open entrance. However if you attend any of the classes held then its legal requirement for the organisers to get both consent (personal if over 16 years of age or parents if younger) and hold personal information for emergency and to prove that no laws are broken.
The information is also held to review the progress of the class attendee, as it’s an organised teaching class and not a social gathering. This is not carried out as assessment it just a method of keeping and recording information. This is common sense and most logical of procedures, implied in all institutions
QUESTION 434 TOPIC : Namaz I pray at work and sometimes lead the prayer but do not feel comfortable doing so, as I regard it as a big responsibility. Can you please tell me the conditions for leading Jammat? ANSWER 434
No doubt leading prayer is a big responsibility as all the muktadhee’s (followers) prayer is in hands of the imam (leader). There is characteristically no difference, i.e. what one must know to pray alone is what one needs to know to lead Jammah (congregation). Please refer to Question 427 for the basic criteria for leading congregational prayer.
QUESTION 435 TOPIC : Adultery With regards to Quran and Hadith could you please answer what is the
punishment for a person who commits adultery, and also if this person repents
sincerely will he still face the punishment of Allah (SWT). ANSWER 435 The Holy Quran says; “And approach not adultery, undoubtedly that is immodesty and a very vile path” (Kanz ul Iman 17:32) and it further says; “The adulteress and the adulterer, then flog each of them with hundred stripes, and you should not be compassionate for them in the religion of Allah if you believe in Allah and the Last day. And let a party of the Muslims be present at the time of their punishment.” (Kanz ul Iman 24:2)
The Holy Prophet SAW said: "Whoever fornicates or drinks wine, Allah takes his faith from him as a man takes a shirt off over his head."
On basis of these ayahs and the Hadith it is confirmed that adultery (premarital relations or intercourse outside marriage) is Haraam in Islam with immediate punishment in this world.
Furthermore the punishments of the hereafter if one touches a woman he is not married to with Lust a Hadith narrates; “It has been reported that the person who touches a strange woman with lust, on the day of resurrection his hands will be shackled to his neck. If he kissed her, his lips will be cut off and thrown in the fire of Jahannum (Hell). If he committed adultery then his thighs will bear witness to it and testify against him on the Day of Qiyamah (judgement day). It will say to him, "I was mounted for something impermissible." Allah SWT will look at him with anger. The flesh of his face will fall off and he will proclaim "What did I do?" His tongue will testify and say, "I spoke to whom it was not permissible for you to talk to." His legs will testify, "I walked towards something unlawful." His hands will testify "I held something which was prohibited for you." His eyes will testify "I gazed at unlawful things." His private parts will testify "I committed the act." An angel will say, "I heard it" while another will say, "I've written it down." Allah will say "I was aware of it and I concealed it." Then Allah will say to the angels "Let him taste of my punishment. My anger has increased on one who has no shame." (Kitâb-ul-Kaba'ir)
On the night of mirage (ascension) The Holy Prophet SAW says: "We walked until we came to something that looked like an oven. Its top section was narrow and the inside was broad. From it sounds of screaming and noise was heard." RasoolAllah SAW further says: "We looked inside and we saw naked men and women. We also saw flames from beneath them. When these flames scorched them, they screamed." I asked Jibra'îl (AS): "Who are these people?" He replied, “These are the males and females who committed the grave act of Zina (adultery). This will be their punishment till the day of Qiyamah (judgement day)." (Bukhari)
Allah SWT says in the Holy Quran that I will forgive all sins except shirk (polytheism – associating partners with Allah SWT). Therefore if one repents sincerely (Taubah Tun Nasuh) and keeps away from this vile path of sin (adultery) Inshallah he will find Allah’s SWT mercy, and forgiveness. And Allah SWT knows best.
QUESTION 436 TOPIC : Organ Donation I have few questions that I would like to ask Imam Saab. My first question is : that can Muslim give or take, heart, liver and kidney, blood and bone marrow to or from Muslims and non-Muslims. Second question is: if a person was dead can his or her family donate his or her, heart, liver and kidney to someone in need. my third and final question is: can we say that when I pass way donate my heart, liver and kidney to who ever in need, although I don’t know the person who will receive the part is Muslim or not. ANSWER 436 There is a difference of opinion between fuqaha (Jurists) on this topic. One group is of
the opinion that totally prohibits organs to be donated or taken, of living person or dead.
The other suggests that out of necessity this is allowed as long as the organs are guaranteed to be used and be effective and will not cause harm to the donor and are not sold by the donor. This is better from a Muslim but if in absolute need then it is permissible to take organs even from a non-Muslim.
Majority of the scholars to date are of the opinion that leaving the body to science is against Islamic teaching; as burial of the deceased is must in Islam. The topic is still under research and new opinions of Jurists are coming forth, especially as with scientific development to keep organs alive after death, i.e. the likes of eyes, heart etc.
Most common opinion remains that donation such as blood, bone marrow etc are permissible and other organs can be donated but in optimal necessity and with the guarantee that they will benefit and not be wasted.
QUESTION 437 TOPIC : Mosque I have been told by an elder not to use the word Mosque as in the past some non believers called the Masjid a Mosque which comes from the word Mosquito. They said it can be crushed like a Mosquito. Sorry I can't remember the full story but I thought I would still ask the Imam Sahib to clear this for me. ANSWER 437
The term "mosque" is indeed derived from the Arabic "masjid" (pronounced "masgid" in medieval North Africa as it still is in Egypt today). Your reference is to King Ferdinand of Spain's saying that he would swat the Muslims like mosquitoes. I don’t know if that story is true, but if so, Ferdinand was making use of a word already in existence in Spanish that merely happened to resemble the word "mosquito." The word "mosque" was already being used in English in 1400, before Ferdinand's time, as the Oxford English Dictionary says. The OED derives the word from "masjid" and gives several alternative forms such as moseak, moseache, muskey, muskaye, mosquee, moskuee, all appearing in English. The Spanish form from which they are derived is "mezquita," which may appear like "mosquito" but is also obviously closer to "masgid." "Mosquito" is a totally different word, a Spanish diminutive of "mosca" (meaning 'fly').
Despite this myth, it is still better to use the word Masjid as it’s proven from both Quran
and Sunnah as a word used for a place of worship and therefore will avoid misunderstanding.
QUESTION 438 TOPIC : Adoption What about if a woman doesn’t want to have intercourse, can she adopt? ANSWER 438 If a woman is married, Intercourse in marriage leads to offspring and this is considered a mercy of Allah Azawajal. It is mentioned in Hadith Shareef that RasoolAllah SAW has encouraged both marriage and having children, which He SAW has dis-encouraged celibacy (remaining single).
One prays to seek Mercy of Allah Azawajal so why not gain this virtue which also is the method to legally fulfill one’s carnal desire.
The adoption of an orphan is a good deed but to avoid intercourse is not liked.
QUESTION 439 TOPIC : Gyaraween Shareef Could you give me some proof of celebrating Gyaraween Shareef of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al Jilani. ANSWER 439 The origin of Giarveen Shareef is upon "Conveying reward of virtuous deed or rite"
(Easal-e-Sawab). Easal-e-Sawab is a legal act according to Shariah.
It is proved in the narrations of the Prophet (Allah's Grace & peace be upon Him). Hazrat Abu Hurairah (RA) says that: "Who is amongst you that He offers two rakat in the mosque of Asr and says that reward of this prayer is for Abu Hurairah (RA) (Mishkat Shareef, Babul Fitan).
There are so many other narrations which prove lawfulness of Easal-e-Sawab. Please refer to the following link for a detailed analysis; http://www.janathimessage.co.uk/Literature_Page/beliefs%20of%20ahle%20sunnah/The%20Practice%20of%20Giyarwee%20Shareef.html
Once again we would stress that kindly search our website prior to asking questions which are answered on “Ask The Imam” or the comprehensive articles on our site under literature section.
QUESTION 440 TOPIC : Jihad I have heard a lot of people say jihad is right but isn't that just like committing suicide and murder at the same (both which are wrong in Islam). And also I heard that it is ok if only you are fighting in a religious war? ANSWER 440 Jihad, is an Islamic term from the Arabic word Jahd (to exert utmost effort, to strive, struggle) which connotes a wide range of meanings: anything from an inward spiritual struggle to attain perfect faith to a political or military struggle.
Individuals involved in the political or military forms of jihad are often labeled with the neologism "jihadist" or "jihadi" The term "jihad" is often used to describe purely physical and military "religious war", through physical struggle.
Some Muslim scholars say that this only makes up part of the broader meaning of the concept of jihad. The denotation is of a struggle, challenge, difficulty or (frequently) opposed effort, made either in accomplishment or as resistance.
A person who engages in any form of jihad can be called a mujahid (in plural: mujahidin) (Arabic: striver, struggler). Such a person might struggle to memorise the Quran or for example, engage in fighting as a military struggle for religious reasons.
Jihad has been classified either as al-jihād al-akbar (the greater jihad), the struggle against one's soul (nafs), or al-jihād al-asghar (the lesser jihad), the external, physical effort, often implying fighting.
Muslim scholars explained there are five kinds of jihad fi sabilillah (struggle in the cause of God):
1) Jihad of the heart/soul (jihad bin nafs/qalb) is an inner struggle of good against evil in the mind, through concepts such as tawhid. To save oneself from bad acts and to do good acts.
2) Jihad by the tongue (jihad bil lisan) is a struggle of good against evil waged by writing and speech, such as in the form of dawah (proselytizing), Khutbas (sermons), etc.
3) Jihad by the pen and knowledge (jihad bil qalam/ilm) is a struggle for good against evil through scholarly study of Islam, ijtihad (legal reasoning), and through sciences (such as medical sciences)
4) Jihad by the hand (jihad bil yad) refers to a struggle of good against evil waged by actions or with one's wealth, such as going on the Hajj pilgrimage (seen as the best jihad for women), taking care of elderly parents, providing funding for jihad, political activity for furthering the cause of Islam, stopping evil by force, or espionage.
5) Jihad by the sword (jihad bis saif) refers to qital fi sabilillah (armed fighting in the way of God, or holy war). If this is necessary to be carried out after all other acts have failed then it is not to be carried out by a single person it is rather the governing ruler who orders this act and to struggle against the evil.
QUESTION 441 TOPIC : Nikkah What I want to ask is that I want to have nikkah with a lady here in Sheffield, both of us are willing and in love for about a year, we are 34 years old in age, now wants to have nikah but do not have any one to attend and be witness for our nikkah, so can it be arranged at your mosque or anywhere else and what we need is two witnesses as well who could attend and can you recite our nikkah, we will pay for the expenditures whatever they come up to, please reply. Thank You Allah hafiz.
This is not connected to the “Ask the Imam Facility” of Janathi Message. Please contact Imam in person after any prayer in the mosque and the procedure will be explained (nikah service is provided by the Gulzare e Habib Masjid) to you and appropriate arrangement can be made.
Once again we will re iterate that please kindly use “Ask the Imam Facility” to seek guidance on your Islamic questions.
QUESTION 442 TOPIC : Zam Zam Water Can Zam Zam water be given to a non Muslim to drink? ANSWER 442 Yes. Ensure that it is drunk and not disrespected as a non-Muslim may not be aware of its high virtues.
QUESTION 443 TOPIC : English Teacher We want an English teacher for speeches for the youth. ANSWER 443 This is a suggestion not a question and beyond the scope of Janathi Message.
Please speak to the members of the Masjid’s Committee.
QUESTION 444 TOPIC : Website Why is the website blocked in school? ANSWER 444 We are accessible from anywhere in the world. Some establishments block certain
sites in order to stop people accessing them from their network. You need to ask the school for the reason why you are unable to get on to our website.
QUESTION 445 TOPIC : Holy Quran If you never be able to read Quran by heart, will that be bad? ANSWER 445
It is not Fard (obligatory) to memorise the Quran Shareef by Heart, and gunnah is only for missing Fard (obligation) Wajib (necessary) Sunnah Muakidah (established Sunnah; method of RasoolAllah SAW).
Do be informed that it is very virtuous and rewarding to memorise the Quran by heart. A Hadith mentioned that on Day of Judgment a group of people with Noor (brightness) on their forehead will come forth and it is said they will be the parents of those who memorized the Quran (Hafizul Quran).
QUESTION 446 TOPIC : Jalsay / Jaloos I understand the reason jalsay are held with regards to the celebration of the Birth of our Holy Prophet (Salallahho Alaihi Wasallam), but I am not sure as to the reason why Jaloos (Marches) are organised. Could you explain this please? ANSWER 446 The Jaloos is an expression of the joy of the birth of RasoolAllah Alyhis Salatu Waslaam and it is to express our feelings of celebrating the day. This is also in accordance to the Shariah.
QUESTION 447 TOPIC : Allah SWT Why doesn’t Allah SWT come on earth and why can’t we see him? ANSWER 447 Allah SWT is not limited to our imagination or our understanding. Allah SWT is not limited to a physical body like us humans. His Subhana Wa Ta’aala’s being is supreme and beyond imagination of man, therefore one can not imagine seeing Allah SWT. However Allah SWT is everywhere as he has knowledge of everything in existence and nothing happens without His will.
QUESTION 448 TOPIC : Yazeed Dear Muslims brothers I am from India Hyderabad. Muhammad Abdul Aleem Qadri is my name, brothers I wanted to know what is the belief of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammat on Yazeed, who gave pain to AHLE BAIT.
Inshallah I hope my reply will come soon. Allah Hafiz ANSWER 448
The Aqeeda (belief) of Jammat e Ahle Sunnat is that Yazeed was a Fasik and Fajir and carried out many acts of Kufr (disbelief) and injustice and was most tyrant of rulers against Islam and the Ahle bait (family of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW).
Great Ulema with the likes of Imam-e-Azam, Imam Abu Hanifa RA remain silent on this matter of sending Lanaat on Yazeed. Imam Ahmed Raza Khan RA says it’s better to praise the Shuhada e Karbala than to curse Yazeed. Referenced from Shara Sahih Muslim; 3rd edition; P637.
While other Ulema with the likes of the great Imam Ahmed Ibn Hambal; Ibn Jauzi; Allama Alusi; Qadhi Thanaullah Panee Pathee Rahmatullahi Aly Ajmaeen all confirm that according to his acts we are allowed with some of the Ulema the opinion is that in fact we should send lanaat (curse) upon Yazeed.
And Allah Azawajal knows best.
QUESTION 449 TOPIC : Holy Prophet (SAW) I would like to ask the Imam Saab that I read a book and it stated that after our Holy Prophet (SAW) had the first revelation, then our Holy Prophet (SAW) didn’t have another revelation for a while. Our Holy Prophet (SAW) felt depressed and thought Allah SWT had abandoned him and out of despair wanted to jump off a cliff. Can you please confirm the Sunnah version of this thank you. ANSWER 449 The period referred to is, that after the time of the first revelation of Surah Al Alaq (the
clot of blood) of Al Quran ul Hakeem (Surah 96); during which the call to Islam was being made, it had become know to people that a revelation from Allah SWT was sent to Muhammad (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Alyhi Wasalam). The belief conveyed by the Ulema of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammah is as follows;
After the first revelation the Holy Prophet Alyhis Salatu Waslaam started to covey the message of Islam and preached to people that there is one Allah SWT and worship nothing accept Him SWT. This idea of one supreme God did not please the rulers of the time who use to profit from events of worshiping different gods in the Kaaba and as another revelation had not come forth the Kuffar (disbelievers) started to torment and accuse him (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Alyhi Wasalam) that Allah Azawajal (nauzubillah) has abandoned him. He (SAW) was faced with persecution and torment, his life was made difficult.
Even though this seems to be stressful to the observer as this was critical time for Islam when very few Muslims had accepted the truth, in reality the Holy Prophet Alyhis Salatu Waslaam never thought of being abandoned by Allah Azawajal, as the message of Islam continued to be delivered.
Then Surah 96 (Surah Adh-Dhuha) was revealed and Almighty Allah SWT says “I swear by the brightness of the forenoon (96:1); and by the night when it is dark (96:2); Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor is he displeased with you (96:3)” Kanz Ul Imaan. By this Surah Allah SWT has reconfirmed the high station of the Prophet SAW, swearing by the forenoon and the dark night that He Azawajal has not abandoned his Beloved nor He SWT is displeased with him. This was direct answer to the doubting non-believers who scrutinized, accused and tormented RasoolAllah Alyhis Salatu Waslaam that all along Allah SWT is pleased with his Beloved Messenger (Sallallahu Alyhi Wa Alyhi Wasalam).
Tafseer Noorul Irfaan further states on this Surah that during all previous periods the link of divine mercy was always with the Prophet SAW; as the verb “not forsaken you” is in the past tense.
This has two further explanations; firstly that the Prophet SAW was a Prophet prior to this event even though Prophet Hood was declared at age of forty and secondly that He SAW possesses divine powers as He SAW is connected at all times to Allah SWT.
From the above Tafseer of the Holy Quran it can be clearly understood that the author of the book you are referring to hasn’t understood or explained the event properly and is knowingly or unknowingly misguiding his readers.
QUESTION 450 TOPIC : MarriageIs there a Dua that can be read, to help find the right life partner? Is this Dua the same for men and women? May Allah SWT bless and reward you in this life and the next for the excellent work you do. Jazakallah
ANSWER 450 Yes, one can make a Dua to Allah SWT to ask for a pious life partner.
Firstly ensure that you pray Salaah regularly and remain in wudu as long as possible and read continuous Darood Shareef. Also follow the following Wazifa given by Hazrat Moulana Bashir Ahmed Farooqui Al Qadiri of sylani welfare trust;
“Ya Lateefu” (O Merciful). If this name of Allah SWT is read 100 times (with wudu) then your heartedly desire will be fulfilled. Especially for an unmarried girl this Wazifa is very good when read continuously after Namaz-e-Isha with wudu.
This name of Allah SWT being read with regularity fulfils all good intensions and will make troubles easy; the readers’ character will be clean with purified heart. Ensure you read 11 times Darood shareef at the beginning and end (Awal Akhir) of the Wazifa. Inshallah Allah Azawajal will bless you with a pious life partner.